5 Skin Care Essentials to Start Using in Your Early 30s

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By your 30s, you may have already mastered the basics of skin care, which include incorporating a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen in your routine. You’ll start to see changes in your skin when you hit your 30s, so if you haven’t established a good skin care routine, then now is the time to start. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Get ready to say goodbye to a tired-looking complexion and hello to supple skin. Here are five skin care essentials that you should start using in your early 30s:

Sunscreen is important in your 20s but it’s even more essential when you enter your 30s. 

Your early 30s is when you start to notice sun or environmental damage on skin from your younger days, so using sunscreen every day is vital to prevent further damage. If you want to know how to slow aging, one of the best ways to do so is by using sunscreen to protect your skin against visible signs of aging.

Try BLITHE’s UV Protector Honest Sunscreen, which offers broad-spectrum protection of SPF 50+ PA++++ to defend skin from UV exposure. In addition to sun protection, the reef-safe formula contains propanediol and soothing plant-based ingredients such as banana, melon, prune, rose, pear and ivy extracts to nourish skin and provide anti-inflammatory benefits.

The reason skin is at its healthiest and plumpest state in your early 20s is due to quick skin cell turnover that takes an average of 28 days. As this process slows down after turning 30, you may begin to notice spots and dull or dry skin. Adding retinol to your routine can help speed up skin cell turnover.

COSRX’s Real Fit Retinol Serum is formulated with 0.5% stabilized retinyl palmitate, which reverses sun damage, lightens hyperpigmentation and, most importantly, stimulates skin cell turnover. With continued use, you should notice improved skin texture and dull skin transforming into a more radiant appearance. 

If you’re new to retinol or you have sensitive skin, try NEOGEN’s Dermalogy Real Bakuchiol Firming Serum first. The serum is formulated with bakuchiol, a plant-based alternative to retinol that’s just as effective in promoting skin cell turnover without causing any irritation. Start slow by using the serum once a week, and gradually build up from there until your skin can tolerate using it every night.

Even if you don’t have dry skin, you may start to notice signs of dryness in your early 30s. Use  toners to add moisture back to your skin.

Instead of exfoliating toners, reach for hydrating toners on a daily basis, such as ones from ONE THING, Isntree, Haruharu WONDER and ROVECTIN. These toners have one thing in common: they leave your skin hydrated. Keep your skin moisturized all day and night by using a hydrating toner in your morning and evening routines after cleansing.

Do you wonder why your skin isn’t as firm as it once was? Our skin produces less collagen as we age, resulting in a loss of skin elasticity. To fix this issue, try using products with collagen-boosting ingredients, including peptides, Vitamin C and retinol, to keep your skin firm.

Incorporating a peptides-packed product like KLAVUU’s Rejuve Pearlsation Multi Pearl Peptide Cream into your routine is a great way to improve and strengthen skin elasticity. Enriched with Korean pearl extract, pearl collagen and pearl conchiolin, the cream combats signs of aging and leaves skin moisturized, with an enviable glow. 

Your eye area is usually the first place to show fine lines since the skin there is a lot thinner than the rest of your face. If you started using an eye cream during your early or late 20s, then good for you! If you haven’t, then don’t delay it any longer. Make a habit of applying eye cream every night once you turn 30. 

Eye creams don’t just tackle dark circles and puffiness, they also prevent signs of aging around the eye area. Want to look like you’ve had eight hours of beauty sleep? Look for an eye cream that brightens the eye area and improves the appearance of crow’s feet.

Your eye area would enjoy MIZON’s Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream. Packed with collagen, organic argan oil, hyaluronic acid and adenosine, the eye cream delivers the right amount of hydration, making dark circles less noticeable and the appearance of fine lines less prominent.

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